Spectacle Lake Campground
There is fishing access to the Conejos River and Spectacle Lake. The lake is year round, with winter ice-fishing. Two sites have parking for two car groups. Both day and overnight use is permitted. The facility has 24 sites (13 sites are pull-through) with tables and fireplaces. Firewood is limited. Two vault type toilets, refuse containers and pickup. There is a developed water system with 2 hand pumps. Most sites have a panoramic view of towering cliff walls. No boating is allowed on Spectacle Lake. The Spectacle Lake Trail #730 begins 1/2 mile south on Forest Road 250. Ruybalid Trail 855 and Notch Trail 729 are also accessible.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Campground closed on September 7, 2021.|
|Fees:||$23/night for single unit. $28/night for full kook-up. $11/$14 for day use (picnicking). Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.|
|Open Season:||Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend|
|Water:||NO - water available at the Conejos campground|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (1), UNKNOWN Toilet (2)|
|Operated By:||Concessionaire - Conejos Peak Ranger District, 719-274-8971|
|Information Center:||Camp host located at site # 5.|
General InformationDirections: From Antonito, CO, take US 285 south 0.3 miles to Hwy 17. Continue straight on Rd. 17 and go 21.9 miles to Platoro sign (Forest Rd. 250). At sign, turn right onto Rd. 250 (dirt) and go 6.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||24 single site(s)|
|Reservation Info||Not reservable|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|
some sites can accommodate units up to 40' in length
Lake and Pond FishingSpectacle Lake
|Fish Species||Browns \& Rainbow trout|
|Fishing Method||flies, lures and bait where allowed|
River and Stream FishingConejos River is a Gold Medal River. Please check Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations
|Fish Species||Browns \& Rainbow Trout|
|Special Designations||Conejos River|
|Fishing Method||Flies, lures \& bait where allowed|
Day Hiking#855 Ruybalid and 4 miles north on forest road 250 to #724 Lower Southfork, 1/2 mile south to # 729 Notch trail, which leads to # 731 Elk Creek Trail and # 727 Valle Victoria trail that ends at Trail Lake and intersects with the Continental Divide Trail.
|Elevation desc||#855-8,800 to 11,200 at Ruybalid Lake, #724-8,950 to 11,400 at Blue Lake, #729 8,700 to 9,650 to intersection with #727-9,950 to 12,000 at CDT|
|Difficulty Level:||Intermediate to Difficult|
Viewing WildlifeWildlife viewing
|Species||bear, deer, elk and birds|
Viewing ScenerySpectacular views along Forest road 250 of the Conejos Canyon and River.
|Special Feature||gravel and can be rough - Spectacle Lake|
Scenic DrivingSpectacular scenery on forest road 250 including Conejos Canyon and River and Terrace Reservoir.